Dis­cov­er­ing spir­i­tual lim­its

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

My right toe nail is black, a re­minder of the pain of stub­bing it at the dump. That was af­ter I ig­nored the sign that said ‘Wear pro­tec­tive foot-ware’.

Proverbs 22:3 (NIV) ad­vises: ‘The pru­dent see dan­ger and take refuge, but the sim­ple keep go­ing and pay the penalty.’ Charles Kings­ley in­forms us that ‘Pain is no evil, un­less it con­quers us’.

Un­less you suf­fer from a dis­ease like lep­rosy or con­gen­i­tal in­dif­fer­ence to pain, you will know pain in its many forms through­out your life.

The Psalmist wrote ‘It was good for me to be af­flicted’ (Ps 119:71 NLT). He learnt to make pain his teacher and guide.

Pain shows you where your bound­aries are in life, but I be­lieve we can stretch our­selves to per­son­ally grow stronger by han­dling pain well.

I have seen the grief-stricken move through stages of in- tense per­sonal pain to even­tu­ally ar­rive at ac­cep­tance, peace, com­pas­sion, deeper joy and more love to share with others.

Grow through your pain by dis­cov­er­ing where your cur­rent spir­i­tual, emo­tional or phys­i­cal lim­its are, then press on to in­crease your ca­pac­ity to a new level. Pas­tor Ken Wig­glesworth City Im­pact Church and Whit­sun­day Im­pact Church

On be­half of the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Min­is­ters Net­work

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